Category: orbs


The ORB Debate:

This is a touchy subject. Be prepared to get into a heated debate when you embark on this subject. I, for one, feel it would be silly to completely dismiss “orbs” when regarding the paranormal.
As defined in Merriam Webster Dictionary: an orb is
1 : any of the concentric spheres in old astronomy surrounding the earth and carrying the celestial bodies in their revolutions.
2: archaic : something circular : circle, orbit
3 : a spherical body; especially : a spherical celestial object.

It is the “celestial object” or “spherical body” that many people believe some orbs represent. We have three videos where we challenge the “orb debate” against “insects”, against “moisture” & “dust”. To see our results visit our Video Page on http://www.ParanormalSpectrum.com.
Skeptics say that “orbs” or “spherical objects” in pictures and/or video are “dust particles, insects, moisture droplets, lens flares”. The list goes on and on. Most of the time orbs can be identified this way. Yet many people who have been affected by ghostly activity can attest to the fact that in many instances orbs, globular lights or ghost lights have been present. Until we have definite answers we will continue to explore. Most of our team members try to identify what caused an “orb” in our pictures & videos. We do not dismiss all “orbs”.
The suggestion that “orbs” are small balls of energy from spirits trying to manifest or when spirit energy is nearby needs to be researched more thoroughly. The “orb” itself may not be the spiritual body of a ghost, it may result from the energy surrounding it. “Orbs” can be photographed in many different shapes & colors. In fact, these patterns & colors can help identify false anomalies.
Remember: Orb shapes can result from pollen, bugs, rain, dust & reflective objects. The burden of correctly identifying them is upon the paranormal investigator. Dust & pollen are present everywhere. Even in the most dusty environments “orbs” are not captured consistently, therefore why do we only capture orbs sometimes even though dust & pollen are present at all times?
When an orb is dust or pollen you will usually have a lot of flat, pale gray orbs in your pictures. Pale gray is usually the color of dust orbs. Usually infrared doesn’t capture dust orbs & many believe that the higher resolution cameras produce fewer false orbs. Also, orbs produced from pollen usually have 3 or more points on a round shape.
Moisture orbs are usually solid in appearance & seem to have a “sudsy” or “rainbow” effect around the edges. Investigators value our equipment & avoid getting it wet unless it’s water proof, but after the rain or in moist enviroment we must be aware that moisture droplets can create false orbs. The key is to learn to identify moisture orbs.
Insect Orbs are the easiest to identify in my opinion. They are almost always intensely bright and always misshapen. You can easily zoom upon the orb & see wings, antenna or even legs sprouting from the shape.
When is an orb a paranormal phenomenon?
The fact is, our research suggests that spirits may indeed manifest as brief glimpses of light & sometimes orbs appear near spirit activity. To be conclusive, other paranormal phenomenon should be present to substantiate the claim that an orb was produced from a spirit or ghost. At the same time all environmental factors need to be identified & considered. Are all the orbs in photographs proof that spirits exist? Are all orbs created from environmental debris & lens flares? The answers to both questions is a profound NO.

This old debilitated tuberculosis hospital is touted as one of the most haunted locations in the South. Almost every paranormal enthusiast has visited-or plans to visit Waverly Hills in Louisville, KY. We at Paranormal Spectrum.com are no different.
Practically obscured by trees, sitting majestically atop a hill now surrounded by distant housing new development, it encompasses approx 29 acres. With more than 6,000 documented deaths, if this place “isn’t haunted – no place is.” Fenced & surveyed by cameras it is nearly impossible to get inside without permission. So don’t attempt it. Besides, we were told that one group who entered that way has an amazing story of their own to tell as they tried to chop through a metal door to escape the haunting inside. One of our photographs on our main website shows the axe marks. We have details on the stories inside the old hospital on our Haunted Places page at http://www.ParanormalSpectrum.com.
The legendary “body chute” is a sight to behold, more than 500 ft of descent into the ground where bodies where whisked away so the patients couldn’t see the corpses, leaving at the rate of 1 body per hour.
Then of course there’s Room 502 where a pregnant nurse hung herself. Our guide explained that this area of the building has the ability to bring on feelings of depression,complete with thoughts of suicide. One of our members was “touched” by phantom fingers near the doorway to 502.
But our favorite floor was the 4th floor, where shadow people and an evil entity threaten to leave a lasting impression that spirits do exist. One tour guide says he was attacked by enseen forces on this floor.
Lastly, we were charmed by the spirit of a young child known as “Timmy”, who likes to play ball or hide and seek. In one of our pictures there seems to be a child on a ledge, could it be Timmy? In the photo can you see the shape of a kneeling child? (Thank you Debbie, for taking this amazing photo. You captured a lot if interesting images.) See Debbie’s photo album on the Photo Gallery page of our main website.
Current owners of the sanatorium graciously offer tours for all budgets. We enjoyed our tour, even though we have a few complaints such as they intro felt like a circus show and was purely intended to instill fright, the whole tour could be improved upon.
We had several experiences at Waverly Hills, so visit our main webiste and see the Haunted Places page. http://www.paranormalspectrum.com

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Spirit Orbs

I know there is a huge debate about orbs in pictures and video. But we have experienced floating orbs in a couple of different reputed haunted locations that seemingly respond to our questioning. We did “dust” and “moisture” and “insect tests” to try to duplicate the phenomena and have been unable to replicate it exactly. We truly feel we have “spirit” orbs in a couple of upcoming videos. We post the link here soon.